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THE MISSOURI SERIES
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for Texas Tech against Missouri, which still controls the overall series with a 26-13 advantage.
Tech's last win over the Tigers came in a 5-3 victory on May 10, 2008 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. The Red Raiders came into this weekend's series having lost 13 of the last 14 to the Tigers as well.
The Red Raiders are now 7-8 when playing Missouri on the road. Tech's last win in Columbia came in a 1-0 victory on May 1, 2004.
That 1-0 victory also marked the last time Tech had shut out the Tigers as 18 games have been played since then.
The victory was head coach Shanon Hays'
first over the Tigers as he is now 1-4 all-time against Missouri.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
The win was Tech's third in its last four games with all four contests coming against top-10 teams. The Red Raiders are now 5-6 on the year against the top 25 and 3-5 against those ranked in the top 10.
The win pushes Tech to 6-4 so far in Big 12 play, already surpassing the Red Raiders' conference win total from the 2011 season that ended with a postseason selection.
Tech's 6-4 record in Big 12 play thus far is still its best start to league action since 2001 as the Red Raiders had the same record through 10 games that year as well.
If Tech were to win Saturday's second game in the series, the Red Raiders would be off to their best start through 11 games in school history.
The Red Raiders snapped a 22-game home winning streak for Missouri that was the third-longest in the nation coming into the series.
Tech now has the third-longest active home winning streak as the Red Raiders came into the weekend tied with Western Michigan for fourth nationally. The Broncos fell in a home doubleheader to Kent State Friday evening.
The Red Raiders are now 4-2 on the year in series openers and 2-2 during Big 12 series openers.
Tech tossed its first shutout in Big 12 play this year and its first against a conference opponent since defeating former league member Nebraska, 5-0, last year in Lincoln. Brittany Talley had the complete-game shutout in that game as well.
Tech's two runs in the game marked its fewest in a Big 12 victory since topping No. 24 Baylor, 1-0, on April 5, 2010 in Waco.
Top of Tech's lineup (Emily Bledsoe, Logan Hall) combined to go 4-for-6 at the plate with both runs scored.
The Red Raiders are now 23-2 on the year when keeping their opponents with two or less runs.
Tech is also 5-2 now in two-run games and 24-0 when leading after six innings.
Talley tossed her seventh career shutout and second on the season after giving up just one hit to the Tigers. Her other shutout came in a 6-0 victory over Texas State on Feb. 24 during the Texas Shootout in Waco.
The one performance marked the fewest hits in a complete game in the sophomore's career. Her previous low was two in a 10-0 run-rule of Kansas (five-innings) on April 13 last year.
The complete game performance was Talley's sixth of the year and 15th for her career. She moved into a tie for 8th all-time in Tech history with Jenny Cannon (1996-98) with the 15 career complete games.
Talley also moved up the career wins chart as she is now tied for fifth with Danielle Brady, who picked up 24 wins during the 1996-98 seasons. Talley is now 24-9 overall during her career.
Bledsoe went 2-for-4 at the plate for her seventh multiple-hit game of the year.
She now has 187 hits in her 213 career games as a Red Raider. She is 13 hits shy now of tying Ashley Parker for second all-time in school history.
Like Bledsoe, Hall went 2-for-4 at the plate in what was her 10th multiple-hit game of the year.